Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: I Would Like to Start Writing Again
Tony Iommi has revealed he would like to begin writing music again - at some point. Since Black Sabbath played their final show a year ago, the guitarist has been working with various charities, and he sees that continuing for the time being.
"Music wise I would certainly like to start writing again but at the moment I’m doing a lot of stuff for charities, Heartlands Hospital, which is part of the Heart of England Foundation Trust, and also Wythall Animal Sanctuary and both of those are very dear to me," he tells The Midland Rocks in a new interview. "I just try and help where I can and with the Hospital Trust at the moment we are trying to raise some money to buy some beds for the chemo patients. And so that is something that I very much like to be involved with. You see, the nurses and the doctors, they work so hard and they don't get a lot of credit for it and when you're in there, they are all so committed and it sparks me off, and so that's what I've been spending some of my time doing."
The cause is dear to Iommi's heart as he successfully battled lymphoma, with his cancer diagnosis coming shortly after Sabbath announced their reunion in late 2011. The disease hardly slowed him down musically though, and last year he was honored with the Courage Award at the the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.
In addition to his charitable endeavors, Iommi has been busy catching up with friends old and new as he adjusts to life off the road. But he's not exactly taking it easy either.
"I thought after this tour, well now I will get time to just relax and do some stuff that I had always wanted to do... but it hasn’t happened yet!" he says. "I don’t know what it is, the time is just flying by and I think because of all the years of not seeing my friends that often it has got to the stage now where I see them a lot. And we moved house, and we met a new group of friends and so we have the old friends and the new friends and we just seem to be doing more than ever"
Iommi was on hand for his Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler, who was being honored with a star on the Broad Street Walk of Stars in Villa Park in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England. The bassist was the third member of the heavy metal legends to receive the recognition.
"I’m very pleased for Geezer that it’s taking place here because Aston Villa has been such a massive part of his life," Iommi says. "He’s very shy and normally doesn’t do stuff like this but by having it take place here at Villa Park they managed to get him to come out and accept it. As I said I’m really happy for him and finally he has got his star which is much deserved."
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